Andrew, a grade four student in Brockville, has ADHD and Asperger’s
(a form of autism). He also has a wicked sense of humour, wisdom
beyond his years, and an intellect that will take him far. Andrew’s
potential is unlimited, so long as we continue to work with him and
provide him with the tools and therapies that he needs to succeed.
As is typical of a child with autism, Andrew struggles with sensory
processing, which means how his brain processes sound, light,
movement, touch, taste, etc. For a child, like Andrew, the noise of a
classroom may be deafening, the lights blinding, and the movements
startling. A mother’s hug, meant to be comforting, may in fact be
painful. Because sensory overload can cause Andrew to have violent
meltdowns, he isn’t able to participate in many of the activities that
a typical 10-year-old boy should be enjoying. Summer activities like
soccer and softball are out of the question because most sports fields
are near train tracks. Even something as simple as swimming at the
YMCA has to be carefully timed because the happy laughter of children
playing is magnified in the pool area and can be painful. As a parent,
it’s absolutely heartbreaking.
Andrew is only 10, but his life has been ruled by crippling anxiety
for years. The arrival of Andrew’s Autism Service Dog is going to
change all that. Similar to the way a young child might take his
favourite blanket or teddy with him everywhere he goes and feel safer
because of it, Andrew is going to have a best friend with four paws,
soft ears, and a wet nose with him wherever he goes. This dog will be
trained to recognize the signs that Andrew is getting anxious or close
to sensory overload, often before he even realizes it himself, and to
proactively engage him in a calming activity.
So, what’s the catch? The catch is that it costs upward of $20,000 to
take a dog from crazy puppy to fully trained service dog. While the
dogs are free to the families accepted into the program, we are asked
to fundraise to help offset as much of that cost as possible.
We hope that you will join us on our journey. Because in the end,
it’s all about a little boy and his dog. It doesn’t get much better
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“Autism Service Dog
= A companion and best friend to help and guide a child
through a life directed by autism but lives in hope of a bright future.”
Laura & Will
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